2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV debuted at CES - Ford F-150 Lightning meets rivals | Car Blog

Price starts : $40,000

This electric truck has a larger cabin and more flexible cargo capacity than other Silverados. As the spiritual successor to the Avalanche, this upcoming truck boasts a handy mid-door that expands bed storage into the cabin.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week resurrects GM’s midgate—a back-of-cab folding bulkhead to increase the length of the truck’s bed. This clever feature was last seen on the Chevrolet Avalanche, which went out of production after the 2013 model year. 

Unlike the long-gone Avalanche, which was based on the Chevrolet Suburban, the Silverado EV won’t be based on GM’s popular conventional trucks. GM’s newest electric truck has a unified bed/cab structure and independent rear suspension, and will ride on the electric-vehicle-specific Ultium platform that underpins the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyric, among other future GM vehicles.

The first thing to know about the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup truck is that it shares next to nothing with its combustion-powered Silverado brethren. Neither does it share any body panels or glass with its GM Ultium platform stablemate, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup. These facts distinguish it from its chief competitor, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, which is simply an F-150 crew cab converted to electric power. The more familiar Ford may be an easier sell to conservative old-school truckers, but Chevy's clean-sheet approach allows for better packaging and greater innovation.

Ultium EV platform reinvents the Silverado

The new body architecture is said to integrate the capability Silverado customers expect from a full-size pickup in terms of strength, durability and performance. As a bonus, GM says the Ultium platform offers a more comfortable, confident ride both on- and off-road, thanks in part to the independent front and rear suspensions. 

From a design standpoint, the Silverado EV looks like a major evolution of the current ICE model, adopting a more athletic and modern exterior with a front end sculpted to efficiently direct air down the body side (significantly reducing drag and turbulence). 

Actually, GM says the Silverado EV WT will have “one of the lowest drag coefficients of any available production full-size pickup truck.”

The shorter front overhang gives the truck a more aggressive stance as well as more space and forward visibility. This also frees up space for the second row that can accommodate 6 ft (1.83 m) tall passengers comfortably. 

The Silverado EV also has a lockable frunk called eTrunk that provides enough room to fit a large hard-side suitcase and a multitude of accessory options for both fleet and retail customers. 

Another practicality highlight is the available Multi-Flex Midgate that maximizes the storage capacity of the RST’s 5-foot-11-inch (1.80-meter) bed in combination with the 40/60 second-row seat, enabling up to 10 feet 10 inches (3.30 meters) of load floor and storage capability with the tailgate open. A tonneau cover will also be offered as an option.

Sizing Up The Chevy Silverado Electric Truck

The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado electric truck is roughly the same size outside as its crew-cab/short-box combustion-powered counterpart, but it's considerably larger inside. Substantial differences in width and length between the Silverado electric and the GMC Hummer EV serve to illustrate the GM Ultium platform's range of adjustability. The Silverado EV's 145.7-inch wheelbase is 10.1 inches longer than the Hummer pickup's and 1.7 inches shorter than a comparable crew-cab, short-box Silverado—while sharing the costly-to-develop crash safety structures. Varying the width of the suspension crossmembers and length of the control arms alters the track width affordably.


The interior of the RST features a 17-inch LCD infotainment screen surrounded by trapezoidal styling flourishes and cladding consistent with Chevrolet’s other products, EV or not. The driver gets a configurable 11-inch instrument display and a full-color head-up display on the windshield. WT models get a smaller version of the infotainment screen.

Along with cargo-hauling capacity in the pickup bed, the Silverado EV will feature a front-mounted “frunk” for extra closed storage, although GM has not yet specified its volume. The midgate will fold into the cab, but will not impinge on back-row seating capacity when it’s not in use. No word on interior storage options such as the center console or underseat storage in the back row.

Frunk Space

The F-150 Lightning's frunk is way bigger—like V-8 big. Chevy shrunk the Silverado EV's nose and then moved the HVAC componentry out of the dash and into the nose to free up cabin stowage space. Chevy's smaller "eTrunk" does feature tie-down hooks and a 120-volt power outlet, however, and on RST models the lid will open and close electrically. The storage capacity should match the Hummer EV's 9.0 cubic feet, well down from the 14.1 cubes available in the Ford electric truck's frunk.

Power, Torque, Battery Range, And Charging

The top-trim models of the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV will share the Hummer EV pickup's 24-module 200-kWh battery pack. Estimated range is 400 miles for both the RST and the work truck. Chevy will offer smaller battery packs, with the Hummer SUV's 20-module 167-kWh pack seeming like one obvious option. Two permanent-magnet-type motors will power all first-year Silverado EVs via single-speed reduction gearboxes. They're similar to the Hummer motors, and neither can be declutched during low-demand cruising. In First Edition RST models set to Chevy's Wide-Open Watts (WOW) mode, they'll be tuned to produce "up to 664 hp and 780 lb-ft of torque."

Relative to the Hummer's Watts to Freedom (WTF) mode, WOW does without the sound-effects fanfare, and it propels the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV to 60 mph in a claimed 4.5 seconds. The more basic AWD commercial-fleet work trucks will produce "up to 510 hp and 615 ft-lb of torque." (Fleet managers are rightfully reluctant to arm employees with 600-plus-horsepower trucks.) Lower-powered and single-motor two-wheel-drive model variants are expected in the coming years.

The GM Ultium platform's 800-volt system can accept 350-kW DC fast charging. We're told this will add 100 miles of range in 10 minutes. RST owners will have access to Ultium Charge 360, GM's holistic EV charging plan, which is designed to simplify the overall charging experience, providing access to more than 100,000 publicly available charging points across the U.S. and Canada. WT customers get access to a similar fleet service plan.

Plugging Into The Silverado EV

It will be possible to plug devices into 10 AC plugs found in the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup. There are four 120-volt outlets in the pickup box plus one each in the frunk and center console. There's a single 240-volt outlet in the pickup box, and an accessory "Power Bar" that plugs into the CCS charge port will provide two additional 120-volt outlets and one 240-volt socket. The Power Bar also enables buddy-charging of another EV, with the charging rate approaching that of a Level 2 home charger.

In total, the system can export 10.2 kW of electric power, and the driver can specify a minimum remaining state of charge or driving range to stop exporting power to ensure safe return to a charging station. Probably not coincidentally, that just eclipses the 9.6-kW power-export limit of Ford's F-150 Lightning. All of this means it should be just as easy to power your house during an electricity outage with an electric Silverado EV as it is with an F-150 Lightning.

Safety and Active Features

GM says the Silverado EV will include “a comprehensive suite of standard and available safety technologies,” and that the more expensive RST trim will come with a towing-compatible version of Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance technology.

GM says that starting in spring 2023, the Silverado EV will be offered in fleet-oriented Work Truck (WT) trim starting under $40,000, with a $105,000 performance version—the RST—to debut later that year. Mainstream versions will fall somewhere within that wide price range. 

General Motors, which has been offering pure-electric Chevrolet Bolt EVs for half a decade now (recently adding an SUV-esque Bolt EUV to its lineup), is among a growing number of automakers that have pledged to increase the percentage of EV models in their lineup in the coming years. For its part, GM has said it aspires to have an all-electric lineup by 2035, with at least 40 percent of its models EVs by 2025. That is an ambitious target, considering GM sold 26 Bolts and Bolt EUVs and one Hummer EV in the fourth quarter of 2021.

What it competes with: Ford F-150 Lightning; GMC Hummer EV Pickup, Rivian R1T
What it looks like: An aerodynamic version of the Chevrolet Avalanche pickup
Powertrain: Optional two-motor electric drive; optional four-wheel drive; 510 hp, 615 lb.-ft. torque for the WT; 664 hp, 780 lb.-ft. for the RST
Price: $39,900-$105,000
On sale: Spring 2023 (WT); Fall 2023 (RST)
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